Punisher War Journal (2007 Series) #10
Quick Rating: Very Good
Frank’s final battle with the Hate-Monger!
Writer: Matt Fraction
Art: Ariel Olivetti
Letters: Joe Caramagna
Editor: Axel Alonso
Cover Art: Ariel Olivetti
Publisher: Marvel Comics
The four-issue flashback finally over, everything comes down to this. The Punisher is captured, trussed up like a pig, and the Hate-Monger is ready for his death… but he’s been interrupted by G.W. Bridge. Meanwhile, Clarke is making his own plans for the Hate-Monger’s headquarters.
Although I think this whole storyline probably could have been condensed into four issues instead of five, this finale really is spectacular. There’s tons of action, the Frank/Bridge relationship is developed nicely, and Clarke undergoes some drastic changes. By the end, this is definitely a different title than it was when the story began, and that’s all to Matt Fraction’s credit.
Ariel Olivetti’s artwork is still great, particularly when we see the unmasked Hate-Monger. The character has such a totally different look without his mask, and most of that is in facial expression. A comic book artist is called upon to be director, cinematographer and actor all in one, and Olivetti has shown mastery in all respects.
Overall, although this arc ran just a tad long, Fraction and Olivetti have nailed the ending wonderfully. Well done.